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Spurs whip T-Wolves behind balanced offense

San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Kawhi Leonard totaled 17 points and six rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 104-86 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at AT&T Center.

Tim Duncan added 15 points and eight rebounds and Tony Parker contributed 14 points and 10 assists for the Spurs, who have won their last four. Matt Bonner and Marco Belinelli added 14 and 13 points, respectively, off the bench.

"The team, in general, was great. We had a great third and fourth quarter defensively," said Duncan. "We did a much better job keeping them off the offensive glass, and we were able to get a lead and just keep it. It was great."

Nikola Pekovic tallied 22 and six rebounds and Kevin Love had 14 points with seven rebounds for Minnesota, which has alternated losses and wins over its last seven games. Alexey Shved finished with 11 points in the defeat.

Minnesota opened the second quarter with a 14-6 burst to give them the lead, 35-34, with 5:19 left. The teams traded the lead three more times and were tied on four occasions in the last five minutes and the Spurs led, 52-49, at the half.

The T-Wolves scored the first basket out of the locker room and trailed by one, 52-51, the closest they would get the remainder of the game. The Spurs scored six straight after the Wolves were within one.

Minnesota went on a 7-2 run to pull within three, 71-68, with 3:39 left on the clock, however, the Spurs ended the quarter on a 10-3 surge.

The Wolves came as close as 10 points in the final frame but San Antonio had the game well in hand and cruised to the victory.

"That's just Spurs basketball," said Love. "They're very unselfish, they make the extra play and that's tough to beat, especially when they have a couple of Hall-of-Famers in there.

"They've played together for a long time and they're a good team. We played them well through the half and then they became the San Antonio Spurs. So it's tough, especially when they're here in their building."

After exchanging baskets to begin the game the Spurs led, 12-11, with 4:44 left before they rattled off seven straight. San Antonio led by at least five the rest of the quarter and by as many as nine but Minnesota trailed, 28-21, at the end of the first.

Game Notes

The Spurs travel to New Orleans to face the Pelicans on Monday ... Minnesota will host the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday ... San Antonio went 42-for-74 from the field, while the T-Wolves were 33-for-93 on their field goal attempts.

01/12 22:56:28 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
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y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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